BIM & Smart Cities: The hare and the tortoise

Niraj Mistry, Head of BIM (Stroma Certification) & Upskilling Stream Lead (UK BIM Alliance), discusses how the road to smart cities is not a race… it’s a journey, and Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the vehicle.

“One day a hare was bragging about how fast he could run. He bragged and bragged and even laughed at the tortoise, who was so slow. The tortoise stretched out his long neck and challenged the hare to a race, which of course, made the hare laugh….” If you don’t know the rest of the story you can read it here.

Assessing the digital course…

BIM & Smart Cities: The hare and the tortoise

The first home computers appeared on the market in 1977. In 2018, it is expected that 36% of the world’s population will use a smart phone. The racecourse of digital evolution now leads us to smart cities. Things change quickly.

Smart Cities (the hare) …

The Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) appeared in January 2018 to deliver a smart digital economy for infrastructure and construction for the future. Its aim is to transform the UK construction industry’s approach to the way we plan, build, maintain and use our social and economic infrastructure. This along with the emergence of standards demonstrates the Government’s commitment to such strategy and schemes. The pace of the development can be likened to the hare… but is it at risk of getting carried away with itself?

Building Information Modelling (BIM) (the tortoise) …

The history of BIM goes back to 1985, so its development may feel slow, much like the tortoise. However, with the emergence of CDBB and a smart cities agenda, how does it get there. Smart cities need information (asset data), otherwise they are just cities and not smart. BIM provides us with asset data. Hence, CDBB needs to propel BIM forward to meet its agenda.

There is no ‘i’ in team…

This is not a racecourse. It’s a journey which requires collaborative effort to complete. Just like CDBB recognises the need of BIM, Stroma Certification recognises the need of working with others too.

To date, we have teamed up with the UK BIM Alliance and the Supply Chain Sustainability School.

Stroma Certification recognise that the AEC industry has a diverse range of disciplines and roles. To help organisations become BIM enabled, we will be announcing a variety of different collaborations to help different types of organisations seeking BIM certification.

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